02/23: CH 2: Task B, C, D– (focusing tool)




Challenge_2-FINAL REVIEW


Week 4-9 | CHALLENGE 2 

a Focus tool (learning how to question, analyze, focus, communicate) 


Week 4: Feb 16- Project Introduction, Task A (video) 

Week 5: Feb 23- Video review, guest presentations, Task B 

Week 6: Mar 1- Task B due, introduce Task C 

Week 7: Mar 8- Task C due, introduce Task D 

Week 8: Mar 22-  Challenge 2- group review

Objective: The goal of this second challenge is to help you identity a theme, interest, concept, and process that connects your design interests to a collaborative process or result. Set the stage, develop themes, ideas and gather information to prepare for the final project (challenge 3) of this semester. 

Outcome: Gain experience visually and verbally presenting one’s ideas – create a visualization that both poses a question and communicates your concept of how to answer this question using collaborative and participatory efforts. 

Deliverable: 1) Poster visualizing your idea 2) 30 second pitch 



Opening and Exploration Questioning: 

To focus your idea, you must first open yourself up to opportunities. You will be asked to generate ideas and options, to provoke thought and reveal possibilities, ask questions. Good questions open doors to new ways of looking at a challenge. The feeling you are striving for is a sense of energy and optimism, where anything is possible. A good opening question is a call to an adventure.


” How would you define your interest, or fascination?” Why is it worth exploring? What kind if impact does it have socially, environmentally, artistically, etc?”

” What are the biggest problems?” or “What are the biggest opportunities?”

” How might a collaborative process help address this problem or opportunity?”

” How might a collaborative result help re frame this problem or opportunity?”


What kind of collaborations am I most interested in constructing or seeking out?

What kind of people/ who am I interested in collaborating with on this project?

What kind of collaborator am I?


What excites me about this idea? What am I nervous about?

What resources do I need? Time? Space? Skills? Relationships?

Due for Next week: 

Develop a statement of interest based on your own design expertise. Bring to class 20 questions that will help you understand what your next exploratory steps would be, what you don’t already know, with whom and how you would collaborate this idea etc. Place these 20 questions onto a 24″ x 36″ piece of paper (use all space provided!) and provide a pictogram that summarizes this exploration questioning.



Create a visualization that both poses a critical question (your project statement as a question) and communicates your concept of how to answer this question using collaborative and participatory efforts.

Use the feedback receive in class today to push your idea forward. Iterate on the concept and re-create the poster based on your new insights and peer critique.

Consider how you communicate your idea: how you will visually explain your idea and your process so that others can understand? 

Consider your process: How will you launch your project? What steps do you need to take to make it collaborative or participatory? 

Consider the finish line: When you do you know that it is finished or how do you design it so that it is never finished? how do you measure it’s success?

Due for Next week:

Complete a rough draft of poster (your poster will use 864 sq.in of surface area). Hone your concept from the in-class critique and feedback and work through the idea this week. Identify types and areas of collaboration and development (and draft a visualization of these ideas) in preparation for making a full draft poster for the following week. Bring this into class for review next week.


Based on your feedback from your peers and your professor, continue to develop your project idea and identify opportunities for collaborative design with people that are a part of your project audience or project process.

On March 22 we will come together as a class to present our posters to each other. Think of this as an ‘idea speed dating’ event where you will be shopping your idea around. Through this event, you will find others who have similar ideas, similar processes or similar types of collaborations and you will forge groups that you will continue to work with through out challenge 3. The types of partnerships, think tanks, and working groups that form out of this event is ultimately up to you, but your teachers will be helping you along the way.

For this event, we are asking you to prepare two things:

1) Your final Poster: Your poster should visually communicate the critical question you want to answer and how to you plan one using collaboration, cooperation or participation as part of your creative process or project result. Your will present your idea on 864 square inches of space (so, that can be 11inches x 78.5inches, or 24×36″ or any other dimension you can think of). Remember, you will be pinning this up on a wall, next to your classmates posters, so make sure it communicates your project idea effectively even if you are not present to talk about your idea. 

2) 30 second pitch: For a portion of the event, you will have the chance to make a 30 second pitch of your idea to your fellow classmates. Boil your critical question and collaborative opportunity down to one or two sentences. Rehearse your pitch (out loud), and time yourself, so that you are ready for this high octane experience.

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